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Pikeville resolves road name problem

By Laura Collins
Published in News on February 7, 2010 1:50 AM

The confusion over West School Street and Smith Street in Pikeville was cleared up at Thursday night's Board Meeting.

Board members voted to change the name of Smith Street to West School Street, which only affected one address on the road. All the other addresses on the road were already West School Street addresses.

Also at the meeting, board members discussed flooding at Collingwood, which has been an issue frequently brought up by residents.

"We need to take a look at that because it's probably a matter of just cleaning out the ditches," said Mayor Johnny Weaver.

He said some of the problems they have run into in clearing out the flooding is that some of the property owners are not allowing town employees on their property.

"If we have a property owner that says we can't do it, then we need to publicize that," he said and added that he's tired of the town getting blamed for the flooding.

The board also voted on checking the town's load management switches on hot water heaters and air conditioners to make sure they are working.

"When we have peak load and people excessively use their systems, it controls the thermostats in your hot water heater and your heating and air condition units," said Town Administrator Kathie Fields.

The town has 54 switches. Board members said checking the switches to ensure they work could be more cost efficient when it comes to electric rates.

Though it was not on the agenda, board members also discussed sending a letter of interest to National Welders to provide its sewer service. The company is planning on expanding and is looking to add sewer service rather than using a septic tank.

"That could be an enhancement in northern Wayne County," Weaver said. "If we could get someone to put a line in from National Welders to Pikeville, I don't know why we wouldn't do that."

Board member Dennis Lewis said the town could make money providing the sewer service.

"That's the only money we could make on it right now," Lewis said, but added that in the future it's possible it could lead toward more opportunities including possibly annexing the area between the company and the town if it is developed.